Douglas R. Warrick

Associate Professor


3029 Cordley Hall

Corvallis, OR 97331

541 737 3703







B.S. 1982 Life Sciences, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

M.S. 1992 Biology, University of Oregon

Ph.D. 1997 Biology, University of Montana


My research interests are in the functional/ecological morphology, aerodynamics, and evolution of vertebrate flight, from hummingbirds to seabirds.  I also participate in studies of seabird mortality from oil spills.  


I teach Vertebrate Physiology (Z430, Z431, Z432), Comparative Anatomy (Z422/522) and, some day soon, an Honors course in Zoology (Monster Biology*).


*a Syllabus and a Sampler




Tobalske, B. W., Warrick, D. R., Jackson, B. E., and Dial, K. P.  (2011) Morphological and Behavioral Correlates of Flapping Flight Ch. Living Dinosaurs: The Evolutionary History of Modern Birds.  John Wiley & Sons, London.  Dyke, G.J. and Kaiser, G.W. (eds.)


Tobalske, B. W., Biewener, A. A., Warrick, D. R., Hedrick, T. L and Powers, D. R.  (2010)  Effects of flight speed upon muscle activity in hummingbirds.  J. Exp. Biol.  213, 2515-2523


Warrick, D. R., B. W. Tobalske, and D. R. Powers.  (2009)  Lift mechanisms in the hovering hummingbird.  Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond. (B) 274, 3474-3752


Tobalske, B. W., Hearn, J. W. D., and Warrick, D. R.  (2009)  Aerodynamics of intermittent bounds in flying birds.  Experiments in Fluids 46, 963-973


Tobalske, B. W., Warrick, D. R., Clark, C. C., Powers, G., Hedrick, T. L., D. R., Hyder, and Biewener, A. A.   2008.  Three-dimensional kinematics of hummingbird flight.  J. Exp. Biol. 210, 2368-2382


Warrick, D. R., Tobalske, B. W., Powers, D. R., and Dickinson, M. H.  2007.  The Aerodynamics of Hummingbird Flight.  45th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting and Exhibit AIAA 1007-41


Tobalske, B. W., Warrick, D. R., Christopher J. Clark, C. J., Powers, D. R., Hedrick, T. L., Hyder, G. A., Biewener, A. A. (2007).  Three-dimensional kinematics of hummingbird flight.  J. Exp. Biol. 210, 2368-2382.


Warrick, D. R., B. W. Tobalske and D. R. Powers.  (2005).  The Aerodynamics of the Hovering Hummingbird.  Nature 425, 1094-1097


Warrick, D. R., M. Bundle, and K. P. Dial. (2002). Avian Maneuverability and Stability:  Blurred Bodies, Clear Heads.  Integrative and Comparative Biology 42(1):141-148


Warrick, D. R., Dial, B. W. Tobalske, K. P., and A. A. Biewener.  (2001)  The power output of magpies:  Comparing kinematic and sonometric techniques.  Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, 156 (1): 257-268.     


Warrick, D. R.  (1998)  The turning and linear maneuvering performance of birds: the cost of efficiency for coursing insectivores.  Can. J. Zoology. 76(6):1063 1079.


Warrick, D. R. and K. P. Dial.  (1998)  Kinematic, aerodynamic, and anatomical mechanisms in the slow, maneuvering flight of pigeons.  J. Exp. Biol. 201:655-672.


Warrick, D. R., K. P. Dial, and A. A. Biewener.  (1998)  Asymmetrical force production in the slow maneuvering flight of birds.  Auk  115(4):916-928.


Dial, K. P., A. A. Biewener, B. W. Tobalske, and D. R. Warrick. (1997).  Direct assessment of mechanical power output of a bird in flight.  Nature 390, 67-70.